Irie IPA | Tighthead Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tighthead Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A malty and complex IPA which supports the generous amounts of Chinook, Centennial, and Colombus hops. American Ale Yeast ferments this beer cleanly allowing the dank hop qualities to shine through.

134.1 IBU

Added by elginirishpunk on 11-10-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
148
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
41.94%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
33
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 148
Reviews by blackcompg:
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass at ChiliU in Libertyville, IL...

Appearance - Came with a bout a finger of eggshell head, the body is a clear light straw amber, and left some pretty decent lacing after the session.

Smell - Lots of tart citrus, grapefruit and orange peels, pale malts.

Taste - Lots of sharp and bitter citrus peels/zests/pits, especially grapefruit, orange and tangerine. There's a whiff of bready malts at the center that just ever so barely balance the powerful citrus hops, but is crushed by more hops in a moment. The finish is bittering citrus peels and piths, with a bit of piney, resiney hops, and they remain long into the finish. Alcohol is perfectly hidden, no way does this seem like 7.8% ABV...careful ;o)

Mouthfeel - lighter side of medium, carb is also medium and pretty smooth, still providing enuff of a scrub to pave the way for the bitter/drying side of the hops.Very drinkable and satisfying.

Overall - If you like your hops citrussy and bitter, then this is your huckleberry - potent and powerful citrus hops here, but barely any sweetness to balance - this is a puckering ipa, there is no mistaking the 132 IBU rating here. I personally think a bit more sweetness would go a very long way, but to each his own - overall still an excellent ipa, and extremely pleased that this is brewed about 10 minutes from my home.

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4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

8/2015...brewery draft. Pours cloudy copper, fast bubbles, some foam. Hoppy nose, resins. Heavy bitter overwhelms the malt and burns the palate. Resin-y taste as well. Harsh.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Loafer's (of all places) and served in a 312 weizen glass.
Review from written notes.

The glass arrives with a puffy convex dome of head rising above the rim, with a deep saturated orange color to it. A ton of sudsy lacing sticks to the glass, and the head never dissipates for the duration of the glass.

Aroma is pungent with candied orange peel, light vegetal hop funk, and a light note of eucalyptus woven in also.

Flavors of bitter grapefruit and orange rind, some lingering orange flavors, and bready caramel malt. Dry finish. Medium bodied due to the malt content, medium carbonation levels. Clean and drinkable, though i'd guess it's pushing the high end of the abv spectrum for an IPA, maybe close to 7%. Reminds me a bit of Two Hearted with a bit more caramel malt to it.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great nose that you'd get with a centennial/Columbus hop bill. Bitterness is a bit overpowering but all in all in check. Great mouthfeel and great malt presence but if early hop additions were toned down I think this would actually be a GREAT beer, but that's being picky. Current classification would be very good as it stands now. An extremely promising example from a young startup brewery. Cant wait to see what they do next.

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3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Irie IPA from Tighthead Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.
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